Produce of the Month: A Health Education Pilot Program in an American Islamic Muslim School

January 26, 2017
2:00 pm ET

Nutrition is vital to promote health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases and obesity. PPE reinforces educational and environmental approaches to improve nutrition and physical activity on campuses, but what about working with those in unfamiliar or diverse communities? During this webinar, PPEs and public health workers will learn trust building strategies and community -engaged approaches to address the educational, institutional, and other population-based intervention strategies to improve food security and reduce obesity.

Originally developed by the Southern Nevada Health District, Produce of the Month (POM) is a 50-minute, four session in-school initiative to promote fruit and vegetable consumption among children, that was modified to be culturally, religiously and age appropriate in a Muslim school setting.

Shawnta Jackson, MPH, will discuss how a team of Muslim and non-Muslim educators from University of Maryland’s Center for Health Equity used a community-based participatory approach to build trust with teachers, staff and parents and successfully adapt, pilot and evaluate the modified program. POM’s recruitment and consent processes, and results from the identical pre- and post-assessments, lessons learned and recommendations will also be discussed.


Shawnta Jackson, MPH, Community Health Program Manager
Maryland Center for Health Equity  – University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health


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